May we all be healthy & happy!

Raw oatmeal-raisin-apple cookies

Posted: November 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Cookies, Food, Raw foods, Recipes | No Comments »

Equipment needed…

  • measuring cups & spoons
  • blender
  • dehydrator & teflex sheets
  • bowl
  • large spoon
  • ice cream scoop (optional)

I use all organic ingredients…

2 large Fuji apples
1/2 cup water
2 or more teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
4 dates
pinch of Celtic salt

Blend until liquified.
Pour mix into bowl and add:

1.5 cups soaked, drained walnuts
1.5 cups raisins
1.5 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup finely chopped Fuji apple
.5 cup ground flax seeds

Mix all together.
Scoop onto non-stick dehydrator sheets and shape into lumpy cookies.

Dehydrate at 115 or lower for as long as it takes to get cookies to the dryness
you prefer. I usually dehydrate them for 8 to 12 hours.

—–

I hope you will enjoy these cookies. They are wonderfully chewy. And the little apple chips give them a special ‘hit’ of sweetness.


Indulge yourself

Posted: November 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Cheese, Food, Healing, Health, Raw foods | No Comments »

Feeling deprived, sets up a craving for “comfort foods” that ultimately make you feel even more unhealthy and uncomfortable.  So rather than deprive yourself of unhealthy foods, I recommend indulging in healthy foods.

Hints that have helped me avoid the deprivation trap.

1) The more flavors I put in my salads and smoothies — sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent (hot, spicy) — the more satisfying my food is and the less I crave things that are not good for me. (See Miracle foods made easy.)

2) If I find myself craving something that isn’t good for me (chocolate, corn chips, cheese or anything else), I intentionally overdose on it. I eat as much of it as I possibly can at one sitting. Once I’ve had a stomach ache from too much, it turns me off instead of on. Do not try this if you are diabetic.

3) Yet craving indicates things I legitimately need, so I analyze what is attractive about the foods I crave. White sugar by the spoonful is not interesting, flour by itself is not interesting, so that is not what I want. What is interesting in a candy bar or a cookie or a cake is the fruit or the nuts or the raw cacao or vanilla… so I make a dish of the good items minus the sugar. (See Staying on good food.) Chips are interesting due to the crunch, the oil & salt, so I learned to use a high quality olive oil generously on my salad. With a dehydrator I can make vegetable chips with flax that rival or trump commercial chips… or just eat a carrot! I make a simple sunflower seed cheese and it satisfies me as much or more than a cheese from the deli counter. (See Love cheese — but can’t digest it?)

I use plenty of my favorite seasonings and spices…

Never, never, never, ever allow yourself to feel deprived. Avoid bad foods by indulging in the flavors and textures you love safely, by choosing healthy alternatives.


Staying on good food

Posted: November 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Food, Healing, Health, Raw foods, Recipes | No Comments »

How do you do it? my friends ask. How do you avoid sugar?

My secret is to eat as much fresh, ripe, raw, organic fruit in the morning as I want, until my sweet tooth is fully satisfied, so I won’t fall prey to craving sweets. If I do later “need” a sweet, I will make a mixture of seeds or nuts or seed or nut butter plus dates, raw organic cacao or vanilla or cinnamon… or I might simply have an apple.

The important thing, I think, is to make sure your body has the nutrients it needs, so I avoid anything devoid of nutrients: white flour, white sugar, white salt.

Green smoothies are a wonderful way to satisfy the sweet tooth, get digestive enzymes and also feed your body what it needs — fresh, raw fruit and lots of vital nutrients from greens. Just whiz fruit, water, kale, parsley or spinach plus maybe a little fresh ginger. Your delicious drink tastes like fruit but you have just ingested a healthy dose of greens.

I also make sure to eat a huge, wonderful salad daily with lots of dark colors: green, red, blue, yellow. Lately I’ve been making sure I have something fermented in my salad too… either seed cheese or homemade sauerkraut, to provide extra digestive enzymes.

When I feel a need for something more complicated, I make raw bread from buckwheat, flax seeds, carrot & other veggies plus herbs & fennel seed. I form it into little rounds about 5 or 6″ across. Then, anything I put on it — olives, tomato, pesto, seed cheese — tastes good enough to me, that I call it pizza!

A guest once said that my raw pizza was the best pizza she had ever eaten!


Your body’s cravings

Posted: November 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Food, Imbalance, Moods, Raw foods | No Comments »

Yearning for sweets is a natural bodily hunger.
Primates in nature eat half fruit and half greens.
Fruit is a natural sweet that we were designed to indulge in.

But balancing “modern” foods is more challenging…

When you eat something dry, you then want something wet…
When you eat something salty, you wants something sweet…
When you eat too much sweet, you then want something bitter…
Hence:

chips & dip
donuts & coffee
beer & pretzels … Read more…


Miracle foods made easy

Posted: November 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Body, Coaching, Food, Health, Miracle, Raw foods, Recipes, Salt | No Comments »

Eat this daily and your health will soar!

The main miracle foods are garlic, lemon juice, olive oil (extra virgin), celtic salt and cayenne. Few Americans eat them on a daily basis, but it’s simple enough to do. I put them in my very delicious salad every day… so can you! Here’s how…

Greens… Primates eat half fruit, half greens. Few Americans eat enough greens… dark, leafy greens such as kale, chard, spinach and parsley. Herbs such as thyme, oregano, green onion or garlic tops.

Easy to clean… Fill a bowl with clean water and swish … Read more…